A FAMILY living in a Burton Street say that they’re fed up with the nuisance caused by children playing at a nearby park.
Assia Shabana, who lives in Victoria Street, says that kids regularly scale a 14-feet high metal fence to retrieve footballs while playing in Unity Park, often damaging their garden and pulling off panels from the shed in the process.
When her dad has asked them to stop or refused to give them the ball back, they have shouted abuse and thrown eggs at the house.
Assia told the Mail: “It happens every day, sometimes up to 10 times. It feels like they’re constantly knocking on our door asking for the ball back.”
“At weekends it’s even worse. Sometimes they’re out from six in the morning, and as soon as the ball goes over, they’re round constantly knocking on our door until we throw it back.”
Assia, who is 28, says that she can remember it being a problem in the area since she was 10 years old. She says the constant harassment is having an effect on her dad Lalkhan, who is 65, and works night shifts.
She said: “The last thing he needs is kids pestering him all day, asking him to throw the ball back over the fence.”
“In the past if he’s told them he won’t be giving it back, they will go to the shop and buy eggs to throw at the house. It’s at the point now where it’s becoming stupid. It’s making his life hell.”
She says he has also been the subject to verbal abuse when going to the mosque, but he is not the only one becoming frustrated by what is going on. Assia said: “There’s a woman who lives in the street and is disabled. She doesn’t even open the door and she’s started locking her gate completely because she’s that scared of them.”
She says she has been in contact with East Staffordshire Borough Council about the possibility of having netting installed that would stop the youngsters from climbing into the garden, but the only solution offered has been to extend the fence by a further two feet.
She said: “I’m not sure what difference making the fence higher would have on the problem. They’ve already been able to climb over it when it’s this high, I don’t think that will stop them.”